Day of Reckoning
Well, it was on a Tuesday, July 28, 2015, when everything was supposed to be finalized and the day we were going to find out if we are indeed going to be some proud homeowners or not. It was a very tough moment, I think the toughest of any time in my life. My mind was constantly filled with all sorts of possibilities or the impossibles.
I tried very hard to stay positive but not sure how to do that. It was just impossible to concentrate on one thing when the mind wanders all over the place. I tried reading books, news on social media, or taking in extra caffeine but nothing helps.
The next thing I know, I was in Tacoma walking the Water Front. It helped me a little until my Financial Officer called and told me they were waiting on the approval from the State Housing Authority. My mind went into overdrive.
The good news was that she said her institution has approved my mortgage but who knows what the State Housing Authority is going to do. It was this very moment that I told my wife we must find a better place to enjoy the morning and hopefully forget that we are on the verge of either gone home with a happy heart or a very heavy heart.
It is indeed a day of reckoning, not only for the two of us but for our kids as well.
Since graduating from the Oregon State University and our relocation to the state of Washington, we have been renting this 3 bedroom house with 1 bathroom. The house was built before I was born and the heating unit in there was very unsafe. The power company dude told me several times to have the owner changed this out cuz it's a deadly thing waiting to explode but the owner hired someone just to put some bandages on it. This house was just too old and too small for my big family of 5 kids and 1 grandchild soon to be 2.
I was lucky I was rarely home in the morning when everyone is fighting over this one bathroom. I remembered driving to the closest store because our bathroom was occupied and of course I can't tell nature to wait.
The sacrifices must come to an end, I kept telling myself. I've got to find me and my family a place we can call home. I am done renting. I am done making others richer. I must do this.
But then I realized, the decision is now resting with the State of Washington Housing Authority. I must wait some more. I told myself then I had to pretend that my mortgage is all approved and that I am already in my home starting to do gardening and some unique landscaping design of my own.
It's then that I found myself in this beautiful garden, not too far from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. It's in this beautiful garden where I found myself in peace with nature and its beauty. This place has some of the most beautiful flowers
With the hope of planting banana trees outside her own home
I have ever seen. And not to miss out on some tropical flavors, there were bananas here too. Who would have thought that bananas are fully grown here in Tacoma, Washington?
This garden, even with our exhaustive minds have inspired us to do gardening if God allowed us the privilege of owning our own home. There were varieties of plants that have arranged in such a beautiful manner. Whoever design this garden must have put so much thought into it. It is the place that can take you away from your anxieties with its beauty and aroma.
I almost lost in tranquility when my phone rang and I found myself being congratulated by Ms. Karin, our Financial Officer. Our mortgage has been approved making us homeowners at last.
Next up was some not so great news from my Realtor, Mr. Reyes informing me that he couldn't locate the HOA (Home Owners Association). As always, he came in with the funniest of jokes telling me that we were on the 1-yard line and that all we have to do was giving Lynch the ball to get us a touchdown. He went on to insist that we ran the ball and never to throw or the PATS may intercept it. lol.
It's his way of saying, we guarantee to get this deal done and it will. And sure enough, although delayed a day, we signed the final papers and everything was completed. Thank God. It was a rough morning ended with some great news!